Storm surge inundating Battery in downtown Charleston

High tide on Monday is 12:23 p.m.in the Charleston Harbor.

It was reminiscent of Hurricane Matthew, which rolled through the Charleston area in early October a year ago, though the flooding this time was worse.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in eight barrier islands along South Carolina’s coast, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. Gov. McMaster said Sunday that compliance with the evacuation order has been good, but sweeps for those remaining continue.

Other utilities in the state report more than 2,000 customers without service Monday.

Gas price averages around the nation ($2.66) and in SC ($2.55) each dropped by a penny Sunday night. The next high tide is just after noon Monday. They say they will only go on calls if a supervisor allows them because conditions are too risky. Up to 6 inches of rain is possible in SC.

Two of the largest power outages occurred north of the Broad River, with one affecting almost 4,000 residents around Beaufort and another affecting over 2,300 people on Lady’s Island, according to SCE&G.

People are being rescued from flooded homes Monday morning south of Jacksonville, Florida, as Tropical Storm Irma pounds the state with rain and wind.

The National Weather Service placed most of Georgia under a tropical storm warning.

The National Weather Service said the threat of storm surge had decreased Monday along Georgia’s 100 miles (160 kilometers) of coast, but flooding rains could still cause swollen rivers, streams and creeks to overflow.

Tropical storm Irma is drenching the Georgia coast, and forecasters say flooding is a serious threat.

Winds and rain from Hurricane Irma have moved into SC and officials warn residents to be very careful throughout the day.

Irma was forecast to cross the Georgia-Florida line Monday afternoon.

Storm surge is one of the biggest concerns due to a higher than normal high tide cycle, persistent onshore winds and expected heavy rainfall.

The storm surge could reach 6 feet, especially from late morning to mid-afternoon.

Northern Florida and southern Georgia should keep getting soaked, with rain totals eventually accumulating to 8 to 15 inches. Inland the winds are expected to be between 30 and 40 miles per hour with gusts to 50 and on the beaches between 35 and 45 miles per hour with gusts to 55.

South Carolina Electric & Gas reported more than 13,000 customers without service Monday.

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